Think you've hiked every trail there is at Pilot Mountain State Park? How about the Pilot Creek Trail? Pilot Creek is a new, 3.3-mile trail that begins on the undeveloped north side of the park and winds up at the campground. Though there is some elevation gain, it's not the grinding climbing you expect at Pilot Mountain: The park rates this trail, built by the Friends of Sauratown Mountains, as Moderate.
The specifics: 6.6 miles (out and back), rated Moderate. Several creek crossings are involved; hiking poles are recommended. Bring at least two liters of water for this hike, and snacks. We won't take an official lunch break, but will hang out at the campground turnaround for about 15 minutes before hiking back.
Please take note of the trailhead: it is not from the park office in the main part of the park. You must use either the address provided or the GPS coordinates to reach this trailhead — a trailhead, btw, that will be devoid of the crowds that flock to Pilot proper on a nice weekend.
Note: We will not top Pilot Mountain on this hike. After our hike ends around noon, however, you can drive to the summit and hike the Jomeokee Trail (0.8 miles) or Ledge Spring Trail (1.6 miles) for summit experience.
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